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Mobile Faceoff Mid-2015: Samsung vs. Apple

Galaxy S6 phone and iPhone 6 displayed side-by-side

With the top three selling mobile phones in the United States produced by the two companies, it may seem that the rivalry between Samsung and Apple is settling in for the long haul. However, the most recent numbers provide a window into how tumultuous the market is in the highly coveted wireless industry. Apple’s newest launches, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, have enjoyed considerable success, in large part because of changes to the operating system, but more importantly, finally increasing the screen size in an effort to appeal to more business users. Samsung’s most recent launches, the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge, generated considerable buzz from consumers upon their release, but industry analysts speculate that this interest diminished quickly due to a lack of innovative design in the newest Galaxy models.

Despite having the iPhone 6, the number one selling phone, Apple actually lost ground in overall market presence among smartphone users in the first part of 2015. Around 80% of the American population has a smartphone, of which 31% are running a device that has iOS. Compared to this total, roughly 66% of smartphone users have a device running the Android platform. However, in terms of overall profit, Apple saw significant gains during the first few months of the year. This growth has been, in large part, sustained by foreign interest. A prime example of Apple’s profitability in a year when there are no major upgrades planned for the new iPhone is the company’s request for the production of an additional 92 million units. Most of these are destined to be sold in China, although the size of the request to Apple’s manufactures has led some analysts to speculate that the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus may have more upgrades than initially planned.

Meanwhile, Samsung is scrambling to address its sales issues. Over the last thirty-six months, the company has seen its wireless profits fall every quarter. Part of the issue with the latest phone launch was related to production trouble for the Galaxy S6 Edge screens. Even worse for Samsung though was the negative publicity generated by poor reviews on social media for the S6. Complaints on Facebook and Twitter highlighted underwhelming battery life, problems with clarity when completing calls, and overall concerns that the phone itself was unreliable. While its main line of wireless phones has not lived up to expectations, Samsung’s specialty phones, particularly the Active branch that is designed to survive screen scratches, exposure to water, and the occasional drop onto the floor from table height, has seen remarkable growth. Until it can address the reliability concerns associated with its flagship phones, Samsung may turn its attention to consumers who are looking for a sturdy mobile device that does not require a bulky, limiting case.

SMART DECISION: You love your phone but do you really all of it?

Do you really need a smart phone? This question may seem nothing short of ridiculous and silly and immediately fluffed off when pressed for an answer. But if the consumer actually thinks long and hard about this inquiry and gives an honest response, they may be surprised to realize what they might say.

The smart phone is commonplace and has become just as ordinary to carry around as a wallet or a set of keys. Everyone has one, except for maybe a few choice parents or grandparents that won’t budge from their flip phone. Whether you’re toting around your iPhone or Samsung or have opted for the newest HTC offering, you and your smart phone are attached at the hip. That, however, doesn’t necessarily mean that the phone of your choosing is worth the money or is totally being used to its fullest potential. And that fact isn’t your fault.

Smart phones are tremendously marketed with all sorts of so called essential features and gadgets built within gadgets to the point that making a call seems like an afterthought. You finish watching a sleek AT&T or Verizon commercial and can’t wait to the car and rush out to spend money on the latest and greatest offering from these providers.

For the masses, it’s about mobility and knowing that you can take email, Facebook or a GPS with you and use it at a moment’s notice. Are you really using it, however? Chances are, you’re probably not, at least as not as much as you thought you would. You’re not using it to its fullest, so then you begin to wonder if it is worth the money for not only the phone but the data plan and other extras that lead to an enormous cell phone bill.

If you’re on a budget, the prospect of shelling out $200 or more dollars for a phone might not sound so inviting, thus putting you in a position to perhaps ponder something other than the status quo. This is hardly a call to action to regress back to a flip phone or no cell phone at all. Rather, it’s more about rethinking the next phone you buy and whether or not you need all the proverbial bells and whistles that typically are touted.

If you’re consciously keeping track of how much you’re using your smart phone and eventually come to grips with the idea that it is more flash than substance, you could easily convince yourself that you can live without it.

End of the line: Has smart phone technology reached its pinnacle?

Everyone is familiar with the term “it is all downhill from here.”

A lot of times that rhetoric centers on celebrating a milestone birthday, typically 40 years old, when someone in the crowd of friends or family shout that exact phrase from afar.

Rarely do you take that saying and apply it to technology. In fact, when you think of technology, the exact opposite comes to mind. Technology typically is always advancing, particularly when you talk about electronics: televisions, tablets, computers and phones.

The last item on that list, however, brings an interest conversation to the table, one that wonders if the technology behind the smart phone has reached the point where nothing more can be done with these remarkable devices.

The arrival of the smart phone was legendary and changed the landscape of modern communication forever. The idea of a phone call is about as outdated as the pay phone, as smart phones coupled with apps, email, text capabilities and social media at your fingertips made talking incredibly passe.

From the inception of the iPhone to its various incarnations to others that followed suit and have done superbly well for themselves as well, the smart phone is a cultural and technological staple.

Trying to find someone who doesn’t have a smart phone could be quite difficult if not nearly impossible.

But examining the last few years of the smart phone, one has to wonder what’s left to do. Is there anything more smart phones can do that hasn’t already been done?

At first glance, the smart phone appears to have hit the proverbial wall when it comes to discovering the next big thing. Screens are getting bigger and clearer, and some operating systems on those phones have tapped into giving more health and fitness benefits to users, but aside from those changes, not much is on the horizon from a phone standpoint..

What you’re seeing companies like Apple and Samsung doing at the moment is letting the phone aspects of their business reach the auto pilot mode of sorts and are starting to settle in on growing other parts of the business (tablets, smart watches or even in the case of Google the glasses that double as computers).

That doesn’t mean those aforementioned companies that sell billions of dollars in phones are going to simply ignore their staple product, but you might be waiting quite a while before something new that is smart phone related arrives and wows you the same way the original concept did.